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Will Ferrell is to lead the cast of an American remake of The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, the novel by Jonas Jonasson, which was turned into a 2013 Swedish movie of the same name. That film is currently the third-highest grossing Swedish movie of all time with $50 million in worldwide box office.
Here’s the official synopsis from the source material.
Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .
Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, »
- Paul Heath
It's official. Will Ferrell is The 100 Year-Old Man. The improv icon will be starring in the comedy for CBS Films. The script for this hilarious caper will be based on author Jonas Jonasson's bestselling novel The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Not only is Ferrell set to play the lead, he'll also be producing the movie.
Will Ferrell is playing senior citizen Allan. The elderly man manages to escapes from his nursing home on his 100th birthday. While he goes on the run, it is revealed that Allan took part in several different defining events from the 20th Century. It's a lot like that little seen movie from 1994 called Forrest Gump. The movie was already made in Sweden. In that version, Allan had a fateful meeting with President Harry S. Truman. And he also had a memorable run-in with Robert Oppenheimer, the guy who created the atomic bomb. »
On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Will Ferrell has signed on to star in The 100 Year-old Man, and adaptation of the Jonas Jonasson novel The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. In addition to leading the film, Ferrell will also serve as a producer on the project alongside Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum via the trio’s Gary Sanchez banner. Andy... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
The project is based on bestselling author Jonas Jonasson’s “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.”
Ferrell is producing the film with partners Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum via their Gary Sanchez shingle alongside Andy Licht and NiceFLX Pictures’ Pontus Edgren and Mikael Wallen. Felix Herngren and Henrik Jansson-Schweizer will serve as executive producers, and Joshua Mehr will co-produce.
- Dave McNary
Paris — Netflix has bought the first two seasons of hit Swedish dramedy series “The Bonus Family” (“Bonusfamiljen”) for global distribution outside of Scandinavia.
“The Bonus Family” was produced by Flx, the outfit behind Swedish blockbuster “The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window And Disappeared” and its sequel “The 101-Year Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared,” which Netflix co-produced and streamed worldwide (outside of Scandinavia and Germany) in December. ”
Felix Herngren, who penned and directed both “The 100 Year-Old Man” and “The 101 Year-Old Man,” co-created “The Bonus Family” with his second wife Clara Herngren, his sister Moa Herngren and a screenwriter Calle Marthin.
Netflix acquired global exclusive rights to the series outside of Scandinavia where it picked up second window rights. Netflix will therefore market the show as a Netflix Original outside of the Nordics.
A Netflix spokesperson confirmed the acquisition and said the series “will be coming to Netflix later this year »
- Elsa Keslassy
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